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EarFun Free Pro 2 Review: Affordable Earbuds with Some Clever Features

Rating: 8/10 ?
  • 1 - Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 - Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 - Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 - Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 - Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 - Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 - Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 - Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 - Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 - Absolute Design Nirvana
Price: $80
EarFun Free Pro 2 earbuds on a surface next to their case
Kevin Bonnett

Looking for your next pair of versatile earbuds but don’t want to spend a ton? The EarFun Free Pro 2 buds are worth your consideration. Despite lacking a few features—like a companion app, multipoint connection, and super responsive touch controls—the tiny buds are a great value for under $100.

The EarFun Free Pro 2 earbuds are still incredibly impressive given their low price point. They also tout a lovely array of features you’d want to see on the earbuds you use every day, like stellar battery life, active noise cancelation (ANC), decent bass, and wireless charging. Plus, with their reduced-latency game mode, they’re even great to use while gaming if you don’t like over-ear headphones. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the buds to the audiophiles in my life, the Free Pro 2 buds are a solid and affordable pick for everyday use.

Here's What We Like

  • Small buds and case
  • Large soundstage
  • Comfy secure fit
  • Solid battery life

And What We Don't

  • No companion app
  • Sluggish touch control response
  • Can't handle the level of bass it pushes

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Specs as Tested

  • Drivers: 6mm composite
  • Earbud Weight: 4 grams
  • Earbud + Case Weight: 38 grams
  • Solo Bud Mode: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancelation: Yes
  • Bluetooth: 5.2
  • Codecs: AAC, SBC
  • Battery Life: 6 hours on earbuds, 24 hours with case; 30 total
  • Wireless Charging: Qi
  • Additional Tips: 4 ear tips, 3 ear wings
  • IP Rating: IPX5

Case and Earbud Design

The first thing I noticed and fell in love with these buds is their tiny design. Both the case and the earbuds are pint-sized—they fit in my hand with a closed fist. I can easily fit them in my pocket, backpack, gym bag, or purse without worrying about them taking up a ton of space. Likewise, the Free Pro 2’s small design also means they barely stick out from my ears—they have a fairly slim profile overall.

EarFun Free Pro 2 buds in their case with the lid open, on a bookshelf
Kevin Bonnett

And with an IPX5 rating, you can feel comfortable getting a little sweat on the earbuds during a workout or if you’re walking around in a light drizzle. They lack a dust-resistance rating, however, so avoid wearing them on dusty hikes. If you’re only looking to wear them while you go for a walk or casual bike ride, they’re perfect.

Both the case and the buds sport a clean, minimal design, with a black and grey finish. The case has a USB-C charging point on the back, the EarFun logo on the lid, and a small groove at the front indicating where to open it. Inside, we can see a combination of matte and shiny black finishes. The buds are easy to grab from the case, too, even with just one hand, but I’m confident their magnets are strong enough to keep them in their case even as it gets jostled in your backpack.

The Fit

The Free Pro 2 earbuds weigh just 4 grams a pop which, along with their super balanced design, makes them incredibly comfortable to wear all day long. They never made my ears sore, even when I wore them for hours at a time while working, commuting, or gaming.

They also have a super secure fit, thanks to the ear wings. Their smart design makes them easy to physically adjust, as needed, but they are some of the most comfortable buds I’ve ever worn so you probably won’t need to. They stayed in place all day, even during light exercise; it was only when I ran during my workouts that I felt them start to slip a bit, which is totally expected for any bud.

Two peope wearing the EarFun Free Pro 2 earbuds
EarFun

If you do need to make some adjustments, EarFun sets you up for success. In the box are four different sizes of ear tips and three varying sizes of ear wings. With so many size combinations available, I imagine pretty much everyone will be able to tailor the buds to their specific ears. The buds excel at giving you a comfortable snug fit and make it easier to ensure none of your precious sound escapes at any point.

Performance & Sound

Let’s be clear—the Free Pro 2 buds are priced well under $100. As such, their audio capabilities just can’t compete with buds at twice the price (or more). However, EarFun clearly tried hard to make things as good as they could given that.

The buds have a large soundstage, their channel separation is great, and you can hear every instrument separately. They have a low bitrate sound, however, so they struggle to handle a distortion and crash symbol combination as well as the level of bass they push.

Out of the box, I felt the buds have too much treble for most genres, too. While they consistently seemed to handle lower frequencies better than higher ones, it always felt like the frequencies were a little too unbalanced to sound right. This wouldn’t be as huge of a problem if the buds had a companion mobile app with an equalizer I could make adjustments with, but it doesn’t. What you hear is simply what you get.

EarFun Free Pro 2 earbuds sitting on a bookshelf next to books
Kevin Bonnett

I wouldn’t recommend the buds to an audiophile for those reasons, but they’re still fairly good overall. If you can look past that imbalance (and especially if you know you’ll be focused on another task, like working or walking or gaming) you likely won’t even notice it.

The earbuds also sport several different sound modes: Ambient, Normal, and Noise Canceling. I love seeing so many modes available on a pair of earbuds, as they make them more versatile. Given the buds’ low price, it’s incredibly nice to see active noise cancelation here. ANC on them is pretty dang good, too, blocking up to 40dB. I found that it also (somehow) rounded out the tone of the buds, making each frequency sound a little more balanced—perfect for listening to music.

While it doesn’t compare with ANC on more expensive buds, it’s better than that I’ve seen with buds at a similar price. They did a fantastic job blocking out white noise, like fans or my furnace, as well as with more dynamic noises like crinkly bags or listening to my partner play video games next to me on the couch.

Ambient mode worked well, amplifying the noises in my surrounding environment with ease. I could easily hear conversations, announcements, and other noises with clarity. Perhaps my favorite mode, however, was Normal. This blocked out a little bit of exterior noise but still made it easier to hear my surroundings, like people talking or my doorbell ringing. It’s a good balance between Ambient and Noise Canceling, but I’d still recommend the latter if you’re wanting to listen to music (and pay attention to it).

User Experience & Connectivity

Hands down one of the biggest downsides to the Free Pro 2 buds is their lack of a companion mobile app. Without one, I can’t tweak the EQ, customize the controls, or adjust ANC settings. While I expect sub-$100 earbuds to be missing some features, foregoing a companion app is hard to rectify in my mind, especially since most others at this price point do have one.

EarFun Free Pro 2 charging case on bookshelf
Kevin Bonnett

Possibly as a way to balance this out, however, EarFun did pack a ton of touch controls onto each earbud. With them, you can play and pause a track, skip to the next one, turn the volume up or down, answer and end a call, reject a call, answer and transfer two calls, access a voice assistant, toggle hear-through modes, and toggle game mode.

Given the lack of a companion app, I was thrilled to see that the buds could handle so many touch controls; what sucks about them, though, is how sluggish they are. While the touch controls worked nearly every time (unless I didn’t hit the area dead-on or had hair in the way), there was always a delay. This was so annoying! It was less of a big deal with simple one-tap commands (turning the volume up or down), but downright terrible when doing a command that required multiple taps or a long hold. You’re left wondering whether or not it worked. I’d love to see EarFun fix this with a software update (although those are never guaranteed), or at least on its next round of earbuds.

The Free Pro 2 earbuds sport Bluetooth 5.2 for fast pairing and a connection that’s always solid. They support both AAC and SBC codecs, allow you to use just one bud at a time, and have six microphones for taking calls and blocking out external noise. They lack multipoint connectivity, however, so you won’t be able to keep them connected to both your smartphone and laptop at the same time.

They also offer a convenient Game Mode option you can toggle. This “shortens the connection” and reduces the latency between the earbuds and your device from 200ms down to 80ms. This is, obviously, ideal for when you’re gaming and need to be able to hear what’s going on around you in the game in a timely manner (like footsteps or enemy gunfire, etc).

Battery Life & Charging

One of the things I like best about these buds is their terrific battery life. Despite the super tiny size of both the buds and their case, you get 30 hours total before you’ll need to charge them again. The earbuds give you six hours, and you can gain another 24 with the USB-C charging case, which supports Qi wireless charging.

Rear of the EarFun Free Pro 2 charging case, showing the USB-C port
Kevin Bonnett

In my testing, I found that the Pro 2’s stuck to that number exactly using Normal mode with whatever I was listening to at a low to moderate volume. When I switched to ANC mode, that number dropped to about 3.5-4.5 hours depending on what I was listening to and how loud I turned it up.

However, the earbuds do have a Quick Charge feature. With just 10 minutes, you can gain another 120 minutes of playback. With the help of the Quick Charge feature, the earbuds should easily make it through your workday.

Again, thanks to the lack of a companion app, you won’t be able to see the buds’ exact battery level. You can throw them in their case, however, and let it give you a rough estimate. The LED indicator light will flash for three seconds if the battery is over 30%, flash three times if it’s under 30%, flash one time if it’s under 10%, and not flash at all if it’s under 5% and needs to be charged. While this is a bit clunky, and not exactly intuitive, it’s still better than nothing. The upside of the buds not having an app is that they’ll likely pair with any device, including Chromebooks.


Final Thoughts

Given their affordable price, the EarFun Free Pro 2 earbuds are an intriguing feature-rich choice for everyday wear. They do have a few shortcomings—like laggy touch controls, an unbalanced frequency sound, lackluster bass support, and the lack of a companion mobile app—that cause them to miss the target a bit.

However, the features they do have go a long way towards remedying things. I loved that it has such a small design, great battery life, a secure fit, and a large soundstage. Overall, if you’re looking for a new pair of earbuds that have a lot of nice features, decent sound, and an affordable price point, EarFun’s Free Pro 2 buds are the ones for you.

Rating: 8/10
Price: $80

Here’s What We Like

  • Small buds and case
  • Large soundstage
  • Comfy secure fit
  • Solid battery life

And What We Don't

  • No companion app
  • Sluggish touch control response
  • Can't handle the level of bass it pushes

Suzanne Humphries Suzanne Humphries
Suzanne Humphries was a Commerce Editor for Review Geek. She has over seven years of experience across multiple publications researching and testing products, as well as writing and editing news, reviews, and how-to articles covering software, hardware, entertainment, networking, electronics, gaming, apps, security, finance, and small business. Read Full Bio »